Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Novosco is now the only firm to have been in the prestigious Deloitte Fast50 every year since it was established in the year 2000.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey collected the accolade on Friday evening at a gala event in Dublin. He says that it helps cap a highly successful 2014.
“This year Novosco marks 20 years in business. We have also just passed the 100 employee mark, and have won our biggest ever contract. In addition, we announced a significant investment of £4million this year, and were placed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in the UK for the second year in a row,” he says.
“So 2014 has been a really landmark year for us, and to be placed in the Deloitte Fast50 for the 15th consecutive year is another achievement that we are very proud of,” he adds.
Novosco provides cloud computing and IT infrastructure services, including disaster recovery, managed services and connectivity services, to a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. Novosco is a leading partner of Cisco, EMC and VMware in the UK and Ireland.
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Novosco has been ranked as one of the top companies to work for in the UK for the third year in a row.
The IT infrastructure expert was the highest placed Northern Ireland firm to feature in the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Small Companies to Work For’, announced on Wednesday night at an event in London.
At number 69, Novosco, which employs over 100, moved up from number 87 last year. The company came in for particular praise in the areas of Leadership, Wellbeing and Giving Something Back.
The judges highlighted Novosco’s policy of bringing in experts to present to staff on health and well-being and paying for all employees to have a health plan that allows them various benefits. They pointed out that employees have twice weekly fruit deliveries and also weekly acupressure massages for neck and back strain. The company also provides information on quitting smoking, healthy eating and how to maintain a healthy work-life-balance, they said.
In terms of Leadership, the judges said that: “Patrick McAliskey is a Managing Director who knows every employee by name and also what is going on in their lives. He ensures that he gets coffee with every new starter and learns something personal about then… He is an inspiration to all employees. He also has an open door policy, any employee can call into his office to put forward an idea or just bring something up that they feel is important to them. Patrick regularly competes in marathons for charity as well and encourages employees to join him.”
In terms of Giving Something Back, judges said that Novosco always wants to encourage school leavers to consider a career in IT and because of this Patrick McAliskey, the Managing Director does regular talks to schools not just about a career in IT but also about soft skills and how to present yourself in any interview situation. “He teaches them about how to present themselves in a professional situation, eye contact and how to shake someone’s hand for example and these are all important life skills for when the students’ progress into the world of work. Due to how passionately Patrick feels about this, Novosco have had two different local schools bring their A level class to Novosco and have presentations in the life skills mentioned above, about thinking like an entrepreneur and how Patrick got to where he is today. A number of other Managers also present to the students in outlining the paths that they took in getting their careers and then they provide lunch for the students. This has gained positive feedback from the teachers and students involved and Novosco will continue to do this.”
Novosco, headquartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, also has offices in Dublin and Birmingham and carries out work for large organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Its clients range from the UK’s largest health trusts, to significant councils, and major private sector businesses.
Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said: “We are a fast-growing company and one of our key goals is to recruit and retain the very best people in the sector, as they are what set us apart from our competitors. So we put a big emphasis on making Novosco a great place to work, and we’re very pleased that the Sunday Times have recognised that for the third year in a row. We are especially pleased to move up the list again, because we are never content and want to keep getting better,” he says.
The Novosco team, including Managing Director Patrick McAliskey, on stage collecting the Outstanding Business of the Year Award from Richard McClean of the Belfast Telegraph and Stephen Humphreys of British Airways.
NOVOSCO NAMED NI’S OUTSTANDING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Novosco has been named Outstanding Company of the Year in the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in association with British Airways.
The managed hybrid-cloud provider won the Best Small-Medium Business category of the awards before being named the overall winner at the gala event in the Culloden Resort & Spa.
Novosco, which provides services to many of Northern Ireland’s top companies, as well as health trusts across the UK, and several Irish and UK universities, won against stiff competition from some of Northern Ireland’s best recognised organisations.
Other winners included First Derivatives, Allstate NI, Coca-Cola HBC NI, and Ulster University.
Earlier this year, Novosco was ranked by the Sunday Times as one of the best companies to work for in the UK for the third year in a row.
In November 2014, Novosco appeared in the Deloitte Fast50 listing of the fastest growing tech companies on the island of Ireland for an unprecedented 15 years in a row.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey said: “We are delighted to be awarded Outstanding Business of the Year. It is great recognition of the hard work done by our team across our offices in Belfast, Dublin and Manchester, and reflects the great partnerships we have with our clients.”
Novosco has been in business for more than 20 years, and is headquartered in the NI Science Park in Belfast, with additional offices in Dublin and Manchester. It provides cloud computing and IT infrastructure services, including disaster recovery, managed services and connectivity services, to a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. It is a leading partner of Cisco, EMC and VMware in the UK and Ireland.
Staff at Novosco are striving to take a combined one million steps per week as part of an innovative new wellness programme at the leading technology business.
All staff at the IT infrastructure company were offered Fitbit devices (normally costing more than £100 each), and 65 are currently competing in an activity league table as a result, with even more staff currently applying to participate.
The investment by the company in the devices for its team is the brainchild of managing director Patrick McAliskey, who was inspired by similar initiatives at Fortune 500 corporations.
Mr McAliskey explains: “A significant part of our strategy and culture at Novosco is ‘wellness’. We encourage staff to eat well, stay active, and look after themselves. As part of this, we provide free deliveries of fruit, we have a masseuse visit our offices, and we run active events for staff such as charity walks and cycles. We also provide free health and dental insurance.”
“Our latest initiative is to offer staff Fitbits to encourage them to be active every day. As part of this, we have an online league table, automatically updated from the devices, which is intended to get team members pushing themselves to be a little bit more active through competing with their colleagues.
“It’s great for morale and team work, as well as helping keep staff fit and well. From a business perspective, that’s fantastic, as happy, well staff are more productive, better employees, and they are more likely to stay with us,” he adds.
Fitbits are market-leading fitness devices which can monitor steps, activity levels, heart rate, and other indicators of fitness. They are manufactured by US firm Fitbit Inc.
Novosco employs some 120 people. It is headquartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast and has offices in Dublin and Manchester. Novosco has appeared in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For listing each of the past three years, and appeared in the Deloitte Fast 50 2014 for the 15th year in a row – the only company to be in the prestigious listing every year since it started in the year 2000.